Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hard landing involving a Piper Aircraft Corp PA-28-151, VH-IMX, Bankstown, NSW on 17 October 1993

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The pilot was conducting a local flight to maintain his currency. He carried out two circuits and landings before proceeding to the training area. On return to the circuit the pilot completed one circuit and full stop landing on runway 11L. A post flight inspection by the operator, revealed the right wing main spar was fractured and the right main landing gear leg was displaced rearwards at an angle of about 20 degrees. The damage was consistent with a hard landing. The pilot, who was inexperienced, said he was unaware the touchdown was sufficiently hard to damage the aircraft. His final landing was conducted in wind conditions swinging from 090 to 120 degrees, 10 to 15 knots gusting to 20 knots, with a maximum crosswind component of 8 knots on runway 11.
General details
Date: 17 October 1993   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 13:30 EST    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 28 June 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model PA-28-151  
Aircraft registration VH-IMX  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown NSW  
Destination Bankstown NSW